Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Josh Harding Out Indefinitely After Off-Ice Incident

Photo: NHL.com
Today the Wild officially announced that goaltender Josh Harding will be out indefinitely after suffering a fractured right foot. The injury occurred on Sunday September 14th during an off ice incident. The release also indicated that Harding will not need surgery.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Five Questions Going Into Training Camp

Photo: Wild.com
With training camp set to begin on Thursday, lets try and answer the top five questions surrounding the Wild:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Top 10 Prospects: #1 Matt Dumba


Matt Dumba
Defenseman
Shoots: Right
Height: 6'0". Weight: 183 lbs.
Born: July 25, 1994
2013-14 Team: Portland Winterhawks (WHL), Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Acquired: 1st round pick (7th overall) in 2012 NHL Entry Draft
Previous Rank: 4


Last season, Wild fans were given a very small glimpse of the talents of Matt Dumba.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thoughts on Kuemper & Niederreiter

Nino Niederreiter (top middle) and Darcy Kuemper (Bottom middle) are still without contracts.
Photo: Duane Burleson/AP
This week reports surfaced that Darcy Kuemper could go play in the KHL if his contract dispute with the Wild is not settled. As Mike Russo has said on multiple occasions the Wild and Kuemper's agent, Jeff Helperl, have not had a great history as they went toe to toe in negotiations on Kuemper's entry level contract.

Top 10 Prospects: #2 Darcy Kuemper


Darcy Kuemper
Goaltender
Catches: Left
Height: 6'5". Weight: 205 lbs.
Born: May 5, 1990
2013-14 Team: Iowa Wild (AHL), Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Acquired: 6th round pick (161st overall) in 2009 NHL Entry Draft
Previous Rank: 5


As noted back in June, no one player had more to do with turning the Wild's season around in January than Darcy Kuemper did. His 2.15 GAA and .932 save percentage in January was just what the Wild needed as they battled injuries to key players, and helped the team earn some much needed victories.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Top 10 Prospects: #3 Erik Haula


Erik Haula
Center
Shoots: Left
Height: 5'11". Weight: 192 lbs
Born: March 23, 1991
2013-14 Team: Iowa Wild (AHL), Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Acquired: 7th round pick (182nd overall) in 2009 NHL Entry Draft
Previous Rank: 6


"Haula does not seem like a fit to make the Wild roster this year". Those were the words written about Erik Haula on this site last year. Not only did he get a call-up to the Wild roster, he was one of their most important players down the stretch and in the postseason (this is the part where I eat my words from last year).

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Top 10 Prospects: #4 Jason Zucker


Jason Zucker
Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Height: 5'11". Weight: 188 lbs
Born: January 16, 1992
2013-14 Team: Iowa Wild (AHL), Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Acquired: 2nd round pick (59th overall) in 2010 NHL Entry Draft
Previous Rank: 2


Entering the 2013-14 season, Jason Zucker was one of many young kids battling to make the Wild roster out of training camp. He struggled in camp, watched guys like Granlund/Coyle/Niederreiter thrive, then got injured to make matters worse. He was sent to Iowa to begin his season.

Will Darcy Kuemper Defect To The KHL?

Yesterday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reported that Darcy Kuemper could be looking at KHL options if he and the Wild can't come to agree on a deal in the near future.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Top 10 Prospects: #5 Alex Tuch


Alex Tuch
Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Height: 6'4". Weight: 213 lbs.
Born: May 10, 1996
2013-14 Team: USA National Under-18 Team (USHL)
Acquired: 1st round pick (18th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft
Previous Rank: NR


In June's draft, Minnesota selected six foot, four inch forward Alex Tuch from the United States Development team. Tuch was projected to go by the middle of the first round, but fell to the Wild at #18. The Wild wasted no time in selecting the soon to be Boston College right wing.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Top 10 Prospects: #6 Gustav Olofsson


Gustav Olofsson
Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Height: 6'4". Weight: 191 lbs
Born: December 1, 1994
2013-14 Team: Colorado College (NCHC), Iowa Wild (AHL)
Acquired: 2nd round pick (46th overall) in 2013 NHL Entry Draft
Previous Rank: 10


When the Wild drafted Gustav Olofsson, he was relatively unknown among Wild fans. But after a season with Colorado College and the Iowa Wild, he is now very well known.